PAL Robotics upgrades to ROS Kinetic!

All of our robots at PAL Robotics have been upgraded to ROS Kinetic Kame, the latest LTS Release from OSRF! This means we have also switched them to the Ubuntu 16.04 version. ROS Kinetic Kame is used by over 85% of the latest ROS1 Survey respondents - a survey with very interesting results, by the [...]

By | 2018-05-04T15:04:38+00:00 May 4th, 2018|Articles|

Competing at ERL: an interview with HOMER Team

Making robots help at home. This is the “magic” that teams competing in the Service Robots category of the European Robotics League (ERL) turn into reality in each tournament. Robotics competitions like ERL or RoboCup@Home are one of the ways in which researchers are driven to develop applications that transform how people live at home. [...]

By | 2018-04-24T14:17:19+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Articles|

ERF 2018: the Robotics community at the Finnish Winter Wonderland!

Snowy privileged landscapes surrounded this year’s European Robotics Forum (ERF) celebrated in Finland. The European robotics community was brought together in the city of Tampere to take part in this must-attend event, with an agenda full of highlights. Here’s a glimpse of our ERF experience! TIAGo wearing a traditional Finnish suit. Credits: euRobotics / [...]

By | 2018-04-16T07:26:14+00:00 April 13th, 2018|Events|

EuroCIS: The revolution in retail comes with autonomous stock-taking robots

High technological innovations help retailers stay competitive in nowadays market. The EuroCIS Fair brings together the newest developments in tech for retailers and gathers over 10,000 visitors next week in Düsseldorf (Germany). In this edition, the huge fair will also count with two robotic attendees. While some of their colleagues are busy taking stock in [...]

By | 2018-04-09T13:44:48+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|Events|

TIAGo ROS Tutorial 3 – MoveIt!

There’s no need to have a robot to start developing applications for it! TIAGo, as all our robots, has the ROS simulation available for free and open to anyone willing to improve your code skills or even get started in robotics. A set of comprehensive tutorials in basic, intermediate and advanced levels are suitable both [...]

By | 2018-04-12T11:38:24+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|Articles|

SocSMCs: making robots interact without words

When we shake hands with someone or help them moving furniture, our body is calculating much more than we know, even though we are not consciously aware. The direction in which our hand is moving, how much force is needed, how we keep the balance meanwhile… These are automatic decisions that are daily taken by [...]

By | 2018-04-09T13:44:48+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Articles|

ROSCon & IROS 2017: Towards a human-friendly robots horizon

“Friendly people, friendly robots”. This is the theme of IROS 2017, held in Vancouver next week, considering that many stakeholders - PAL included - foresee a future with robots all around us, enhancing our daily life and helping us grow as humans. TIAGo is joining our team traveling to Canada! Our endearing robot is so [...]

By | 2018-04-09T13:44:48+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Events|

Behind the scenes of Robocup: hacking TIAGo

If you saw the modified TIAGo that competed at Robocup 2017 in Japan, you probably noticed that the robot looked a little different. That’s because it was modified by the Technical University of Munich, specifically for the Robocup@Home Open Platform League, and aptly renamed TIAGo@Home. Keep reading to find out how the Alle@Home team hacked [...]

By | 2018-04-11T07:23:20+00:00 July 30th, 2017|Articles|

The definitive intern guide to SLAM: place recognition & loop closure

SLAM - simultaneous localisation and mapping - is a technique robots use to build a map of their environment, ascertain where they are within the map and assess whether they’ve been to a particular location before. It’s an incredibly important technique within navigation research, so important in fact that we currently have a team focusing [...]

By | 2018-04-09T13:44:49+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Articles|
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